Hélène Laverdière and Paul Dewar on the situation in Ukraine, February 24 2014
Speech on the Crisis in the Central African Republic, February 12 2014
NDP urges Canada to support South Sudan
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Here is the text of a letter sent by Hélène Laverdière and Paul Dewar to Ministers Baird and Paradis today:
Hon. John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Hon.Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
February 5, 2014
Re : Humanitarian Assistance for South Sudan
Dear Ministers Baird and Paradis,
We write to you today to ask that Canada support South Sudan in this time of crisis.
As you know, 3.2 million South Sudanese are affected by this crisis. It is estimated that 743,000 people are displaced inside the country, while another 130,400 have fled to neighbouring countries. Over half of the population of South Sudan are children who are particularly vulnerable in this conflict. We are concerned by reports of a potential food security crisis, as well as news that humanitarian agencies' operations have been hampered by ongoing hostilities.
Speech on NDP Motion on Canada Post (French) - January 28 2014
Emergency Debate on the Situation in Ukraine - January 27, 2014
(English translation follows)
Ms. Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, before I begin, I would like to say that I will share my time with the hon. member for Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing. Naturally, we are all concerned about the situation in Ukraine and by developments in recent days. Clearly, this is an emotional issue for many in the House tonight. This all started with the European Union association agreement, but it is not really about the European Union association agreement. What this is really about is democracy, human rights and, most of all, dignity. That is what the people of Ukraine took to the streets to demand. Democracy has never been simple in Ukraine. There have been many difficulties and challenges, challenges that the people have met bravely. On January 16, there was an attempt to further paralyze the Ukrainian people's pursuit of progress. Under the circumstances, we have to send a strong message to the Ukrainian authorities, and that is why we are all here tonight.